Clipper ship sailing left in image, 10 men on deck. Duplicate title and image (2004.D03 161 FAC# 1155) has life boat tied to right end -only difference.
The Currier & Ives lithography firm produced more than 75 maritime images during the 1850s when clipper ships were popular. Maiden voyages, speed records, ship disasters and the perils sailors faced while navigating tumultuous waters were all popular themes. A Clipper Ship in a Hurricane is an example of Currier & Ives artistry. The icy water and stormy sky underscore the dangers of sea travel.